Advances in Applied Clifford Algebras

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 247–254

Finding 3 × 3 Hermitian Matrices over the Octonions with Imaginary Eigenvalues


DOI: 10.1007/s00006-010-0201-4

Cite this article as:
Gillow-Wiles, H. & Dray, T. AACA (2010) 20: 247. doi:10.1007/s00006-010-0201-4


We show that any 3-component octonionic vector which is purely imaginary, but not quaternionic, is an eigenvector of a 6-parameter family of Hermitian octonionic matrices, with imaginary eigenvalue equal to the associator of its elements.


Octonions Hermitian matrices imaginary eigenvalues 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Science and Mathematics EducationOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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